'Zones of Contact' Sydney Biennale
DJAMBAWA MARAWILI'S participation as a featured artist in the Sydney Biennale is a much anticipated opportunity to see his work alongside artists from around the world in the context of an international exhibition. Indeed, the theme of the biennale "Zones of Contact" could not be more appropriate as Marawili is responsible for much of the ceremonial contact among the diverse clans of NE Arnhemland. To quote Will Stubbs, director of Buku-Larrngay Arts in Yirrkala, in order to understand Marawili?s position within his own community we must imagine "he Yolgnu equivalent of the Archbishop of Canterbury without whom ceremonies of death, circumcision or increase cannot proceed." A giant among his own people, he is also responsible for much of the interaction with the White community. A past chair of ANKAAA (the Northern Territory, Kimberley and Arnhemland artists group), a famous activist, he currently sits on the Australia Council.